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Saturday, August 2 • 11:00am - 12:20pm
The Return of "I Was a Teenage Writer"

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We do it every year because it’s awesome. See and hear some of today’s top YA writers reading from some of their early—very early—works. Works that possibly should have been destroyed, but thankfully, were not. We’ve all got to start somewhere.


Moderators
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Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →

Speakers
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Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming novels, The Iron Trial (the first book of the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for the... Read More →
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John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in June 2014, directed by Josh Boone. John is the co-creator with his brother Hank of the popular YouTube channels vlogbrothers and Crash Course.
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Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013.
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Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian was born in Florence, South... Read More →
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Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series. Kazu Kibuishi lives in Seattle, Washington with his family. Find him on... Read More →
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Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →
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Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky to be able to do what she loves and actually get paid for it, and she is hugely honored by the response of her fans, who call her books "awesome" and "soooooo... Read More →
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Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →
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Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →
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Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest novel, Afterworlds, is about a young writer navigating the world of YA publishing. It comes out September 23, 2014.


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 12:20pm
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